HTC has knocked $200 off the price of its Vive virtual reality headset, bringing the price down to $599 from $799. That makes it $200 more expensive than the Oculus Rift, which is currently on sale for $399 for a limited time, and the $399 standalone PlayStation VR.
HTC is also bundling VR apps such as Google’s Tilt Brush, EverestVR, and Richie’s Plank Experience, as well as a free trial of Viveport Subscription, a service that lets players try out up to five titles per month. When the Vive first launched for $799 in last April, its ability to provide room scale virtually experiences set it apart from the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. With the Vive, it’s possible to walk around a designated space and interact with virtual objects by using (somewhat) natural hand motions. At the time, the Oculus Rift only supported experiences that were seated and stationary, requiring a handheld controller rather than gestures.
Much has changed since then: The Oculus Rift now also supports